Have you ever been to Computer Village in Ikeja to purchase a phone? Usually, there are some guys hanging around asking you to install antivirus

Mobile virus is big hype

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Mobile-Virus

Have you ever been to Computer Village in Ikeja to purchase a phone? Usually, there are some guys hanging around asking you to install antivirus on your phone. As far as I can tell, you do not need an anti-virus app on your phone.

I have owned and used over 100 mobiles, and not one of them ever got infected with a virus or malware. Of the phones I have owned, 90 of them were smartphones – Symbian (18 devices), Android (20 devices), Windows Mobile (9 devices), Palm (1 device), WebOS (2 devices), iOS (3 devices), Windows Phone (5 devices), Maemo/MeeGo (2 devices) and BlackBerry (9 devices). Not once has any of my devices been infected with a virus or malware.

It is not that mobile viruses do not exist. It is that for the most part, they are unable to infect your device without your consent. If someone copies a virus to your phone, it is harmless and cannot run without you authorising it to. When it comes to malware, stick to official sources for your apps, and you are good. If you go installing apps from unknown sources (including rooting and jailbreaking), well, you might get stung by malware. But that is your doing. The average mobile user has nothing to fear from viruses and malware. At least for now.

Till further notice, mobile virus is a big hype. Don’t believe the hype.

5 comments

  1. Antivirus companies would want us to think otherwise. Keeps their business moving. More fear of viruses = more Antivirus subscriptions. It’s strictly business.

  2. Hmm.

    The prevalence of mobile viruses is probably exaggerated, but would articles like http://blog.trustgo.com/on-the-verge-of-polymorphic-mobile-malware/ expose how sophisticated they are becoming.

    /// It is not that mobile viruses do not exist. It is that for the most part, they are unable to infect your
    device without your consent. If someone copies a
    virus to your phone, it is harmless and cannot run
    without you authorising it to///

    … I love the proviso…..

    {
    for the most part…
    }

    getting a virus on your mobile device could occur via lots of innocuous methods, not necessary by your sin of commission.

    If you engage in illicit app_sex (I do) , and you are connected to the internet, know that nothing on your mobile device belongs to you. Be ready to wipe your device at the drop of a pin, and don’t carry out sensitive banking ops on your device.

    Otherwise, stick to Mr Mo’s advice.. and other commonsensical practices of avoiding mobile malware infestation. And get those (placebo?) antiviruses for whatever they are worth.

  3. I have always mentioned this to people, esp IOS fans that want to name android as the den of viruses. I have never experienced any since I started using droids. All those anti virus apps just occupy precious ram space in your phones.

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